Assen last school day before the summer breath

In the Netherlands, the second round of a world-class world-class championship begins, which teams and drivers from Borgo Panigale must try to restart.

Give up all hope or you who enter … into Assen. The warning (shocks!) is aimed at Fabio Quartararo’s opponents and applies to the chances of the aforementioned more or less immediate pursuers of the leader of the general classification after the two Barcelona-Sachsenring, which the reigning champion threw with very solid foundation for the encore world champion. Behind the gates of the motorcycle university lies the asphalt, on which Fabio scored the fourth of his five 2021 successes a year ago, in front of his then (and still short-lived) teammate Maverick Vinaleswhich started from pole and 2020 champion Joan Mir.

In the wake of the Dutch phase – a year earlier than the natural deadline – the termination of the contract between Vinales (Aprilia’s fiancé) and the Iwata producer was announced, but the relationship was already compromised, hurried to the resumption of the World Cup in August, with suspension by the Spaniard, accused of having voluntarily damaged the engine of his M1 at the Spielberg Steiermark GP.

Today, Vinales is one of the strongest drivers, as demonstrated by the strong-willed but unfortunate performance of the Saxon Ring. Numbers (actual points) in hand, the strong man from the Italian team remains his compatriot Aleix Espargarò, whose delay from the top has also increased between Catalunya and Germany to 34 points. Many, but fewer and fewer of the eighty-one lengths that weigh on the shoulders and on the chances of the World Cup for Johan Zarco and of the seventy-two of Enea Bastianini, third and fourth of the general. But the Dutch statistics also “calm down” against Pramac’s French and Gresini’s Italians. In the MotoGP era, which began in 2022, Ducati has only won once in Assen: back in 2008 with Casey Stoner!

The rest of the prey they shared (not so evenly) Yamaha and Honda: eleven wins to seven. In short, the weight continues to hang on the Quartararo side. A complicated task faces Zarco and Bastianini and to the Ducati Pramac and Gresini satellites for a weekend that, in addition to the battles on the pitch, will live on whispers, rumors and perhaps announce a equestrian market that is quickly winding down the boxes in the 2023 grid. Meanwhile, Assen was often the scene of abnormal races and of … tear at the most “accurate” and reliable prediction. We can therefore not rule out in advance the first victory in the first class of French Pramac, which literally climbs up the rankings (fifth, fourth, third and second from Le Mans at the Sachsenring, via Mugello and Barcelona) and neither return to the top step on the podium by “designer” Gresini from Romagna, to close in the first weekend of summer one spring with many more ups and downs. Between Enea and Quartararo (three victories each in 2022, Assen is a kind of “beauty” that we can certainly hope for … in favor of “The Beast”!

After giving one Brad Binder what is due to him for the constant performance that allows him to occupy the sixth place of the general on equal points (81) with Francesco Bagnaia – we close the line of pursuers of Diablo with the Piedmontese from the Ducati factory team. Pecco’s goal is obviously to give a shake and a change to their season. The victory in the GP, with which the world championship doubles the mid-season mark in Germany, will be “sufficient” for the shock. For a real breakthrough from the “last chance” world champion it will be necessary to provide continuity to the performance line of the Piedmontese and the Lenovo team, immediately after the long summer break: a full six weeks! Without forgetting that Bagnaia himself has stated that he is now only thinking about the individual utilization for the current season.

Whether it is pre-tactics, low-key or sense of reality, Assen it seems to be the perfect place for the most anticipated rejections: in the Netherlands, our team knows the shortest way to reach the finish line before the competition: as they show his first overall victory – in 2016 in Moto3 – and that two years later with Moto2. It is now necessary to improve (and much) sixth place twelve months ago in the premier class.

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